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Stalag VII A: Archives and Tracing Services

You are looking for further information about an individual POW of Stalag VII A or another POW camp?
Unfortunately, we don't have any information or documents about POWs unless we receive them from the POWs themselves or from their relatives. On this page however, we have listed a number of archives and services that may be able to help you with your research.

* Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)

Deutsche Dienststelle
Eichborndamm 179
13403 Berlin
Tel. 030-41904-0
Fax 030-41904-100

The "Deutsche Dienststelle für die Benachrichtigung der nächsten Angehörigen von Gefallenen der ehemaligen deutschen Wehrmacht" (German office for the notification of next-of-kin of members of the former German Wehrmacht who were killed in action) ist the successor of the "Wehrmachtsauskunftstelle für Kriegerverluste und Kriegsgefangene - WASt" (Wehrmacht information office for war losses and POWs). Inquiries about individual POWs can be directed to this office. It must be noted that the files about allied POWs were confiscated by US and Soviet troops in 1945. Nevertheless, the Deutsche Dienststelle still has some 1,500,000 files on foreign POWs in German custody. Inquiries can be submitted online by visiting the homepage of the Deutsche Dienststelle.

* International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

International Committee of the Red Cross
19 avenue de la Paix
CH-1202 Geneva

The archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) offer "information on individuals affected by twentieth-century conflicts". There are forms available in English und auf French.

* International Tracing Service (ITS)

Internationaler Suchdienst
Große Allee 5-9
34454 Bad Arolsen
Tel. 05691-6290
Fax 05691-629501

The International Tracing Service of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has also personal files, mainly on people detained in concentration and labour camps, on forced labourers and on displaced persons. An inquiry form is available on the homepage of the International Tracing Service.

A searchable version of the invetory of the ITS archive is provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

* Tracing Service Munich

Tracing Service Munich
Chiemgaustr. 109
81549 Munich
Tel. 089-680773-0
Fax 089-68074592
[email protected]

Functions of the Tracing Service Munich of the German Red Cross: reuniting of people who are separated by the following events:

  • wars or armed conflicts (separations caused by World War II, separations caused by current conflicts worldwide)
  • disasters (natural disasters, man-made technical disasters)
  • other cases of separation that are neither caused by wars nor by disasters; the tracing request is only accepted for humanitarian reasons (old age, illness, helplessness).

* Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv

Bundesarchiv (Abteilung Militärarchiv)
Wiesentalstr. 10
79115 Freiburg
Tel. 0761-478170
Fax 0761-47817900
[email protected]

The federal archives - military archives don't have any personal files or POW lists, but only the following (German) documents about Stalag VII A and the army district VII:

  • RH 49/49
    General orders for the 2nd POW work company at Munich (forms), 1942/44
    Medical care for POWs (printed material of the troop and camp doctor)
  • RH 49/50
    Punishments; correspondence with the Geheime Staatspolizei (Secret State Police) about the selection of Soviet POWs; reports about actions against Soviet POWs; police reports about captured POWs (with names and personal data), 1943/44
  • RH 49/129
    Planning and development of Stalag VII A at Moosburg from Sept. 1939 to Dec. 1940 (report of camp commander Colonel Nepf), 1941
    See: History 1939-1945
  • RH 53-7
    POW affairs: planning of POW camps; organization; staff; orders for the "high commander of the POWs in the army district"; reorganization of POW affairs, 1939/45
  • RH 53-7
    Accomodation and work for POWs in the army district VII. - Report of 13 Dec 1939
  • RH 53-7
    Proceedings against the commander of Oflag VII A Murnau, Colonel Oster, because of alleged grievances in this POW camp, 1943

* Bundesarchiv

Bundesarchiv (Abteilung Deutsches Reich)
Finckensteinallee 63
12205 Berlin
Tel. 01888-77700
Fax 01888-7770111
[email protected]

The Berlin federal archives have files from Third Reich ministries and offices containing material on POWs and their work kommandos. We don't know if this includes information about Stalag VII A:

  • R 41
    Reichsarbeitsministerium (Reich Ministry of Labour)
  • R 58
    Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Security Central Office)
  • R 10 VIII
    Reichsvereinigung Kohle (Reich Coal Association)
  • R 14
    Reichsministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (Reich Ministry for Agriculture)
  • R 16
    Reichsnährstand/Reichsbauernführer (Reich Farmers' Association)
  • R 22
    Reichsjustizministerium (Reich Ministry of Justice)

* Bundesarchiv - Außenstelle Ludwigsburg

Bundesarchiv (Außenstelle Ludwigsburg)
Schorndorfer Str. 58
71638 Ludwigsburg
Tel. 07141-899283
Fax 07141-899212
[email protected]

The investigation and trial files of the "Zentrale Stelle der Landesjustizverwaltungen zur Aufklärung nationalsozialistischer Verbrechen" (central office of the law administration for the investigation of Nazi crimes) are accessible at the Ludwigsburg office of the federal archives since 2000. Documents concerning the treatment of Soviet POWs were analyzed by Alfred Streim; see: Soviet POWs, Captain Wilhelm H., Major Meinel (all German).

* Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt

Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt
Postfach 60 11 22
14411 Potsdam
Tel. 0331-9714-0
Fax 0331-9714-507

The research office for military history does not have an archive of its own but may be able to help you with historical questions.

* Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Kriegsfolgen-Forschung (BIK)

Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Kriegsfolgen-Forschung (BIK)
Schörgelgasse 43
A-8010 Graz
Tel. 0316-822500-0
Fax 0316-822500-33
[email protected]

Due to its extensive research of the history of POWs and internees in the Soviet Union as well as of forced labourers in Austria, the Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Kriegsfolgen-Forschung (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the Research of the Consequencies of War) is able to give personal information about the following groups of person:

  • Austrian and other POWs in the Soviet Union (1939-1956)
  • Austrian WWII members of the Wehrmacht missing in the Soviet Union
  • Austrians arrested and deported by the the Sovjet occupation forces
  • Former Soviet forced labourers in Austria

* National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

The National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Tel. 1-866-272-6272
Fax 301-837-0483

Access to Archival Databases (AAD):
World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946

"This series has information about U.S. military officers and soldiers and U.S. and some Allied civilians who were prisoners of war and internees. The record for each prisoner provides serial number, personal name, branch of service or civilian status, grade, date reported, race, state of residence, type of organization, parent unit number and type, place of capture (theater of war), source of report, status, detaining power, and prisoner of war or civilian internee camp site. There are no records for some prisoners of war whose names appear in the lists or cables transmitted to the Office of the Provost Marshal General by the International Committee of the Red Cross."

* Sources:

  • Henry Böhm / Gerd R. Ueberschär: "Aktenüberlieferung zu sowjetischen Kriegsgefangenen im Bundessarchiv-Militärarchiv". In: Die Tragödie der Gefangenschaft in Deutschland und in der Sowjetunion 1941-1956. Ed. Klaus-Dieter Müller, Konstantin Nikischkin, Günther Wagenlehner. Cologne - Weimar: Böhlau 1998, p. 267-279.
  • Information of the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv Freiburg, 22 Mar 2000.
  • Information of the Deutsche Dienststelle Berlin, 7 Apr 2000.
  • Information of the Bundesarchiv (Außenstelle Ludwigsburg), 11 Nov 2004.
  • Homepages of the institutions listed above.
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